The Federal Government recently announced a $1.2 billion tourism recovery plan which will see 800,000 visitors land in various popular Australian holiday spots that have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdowns.
From April 1st 2021, holidaymakers will be able to book half price return flights to key regions across Australia. Destinations will include top tourism spots such as Kangaroo Island, the Gold Coast, Cairns, Tasmania, Uluru and Broome. The package initially focused on the more remote regional areas rather than capital cities. This was to encourage Australian tourists to visit tourism-reliant areas that have struggled to recover from international border closures. But, in response to several state leaders, the federal government has since added Adelaide and Darwin to the list and has said that more destinations could be added.
The flight sale begins on April 1 and ends on July 31, 2021.
Travel dates for the half-price fares are between May and September 2021.
800,000 tickets in total will be sold at half price. This means that approximately 46,000 discounted fares will be offered each week via airline websites from April 1st to July 31st. The discount will be applied at the point of sale (so no reimbursement is required), and will apply to the full return fare. You can buy as many tickets as you like but it will be a case of first in best dressed until routes sell out. The number of tickets allocated per destination/region will depend on demand.
Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar are all on board to sell tickets at half price. Airlines that have operated the routes for the past two years are eligible for the program.
To be eligible for the discount, customers must book direct through the airline's website.
The destinations (so far) are Adelaide, Broome, Darwin, Great Ocean Road, Hobart, Kangaroo Island, Lasseter and Alice Springs, Uluru, Merimbula, Tasmania (Launceston, Devonport and Burnie), the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Tropical North Queensland, Whitsundays and Mackay region.
The government-subsidised tickets will include travel on the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June and the July school holidays. To maximise your flight savings though, try to avoid flights on weekends, long weekends and school holidays.
When booking your flights, be sure to read all of the fine print of the fare rules. Depending on the fare you choose, you could be eligible for a refund or travel credit.
Every dollar spent on an airline ticket equates to ten dollars spent at the destination. If any of the selected destinations are on your bucket list, now is the time to get yourself flying and experiencing our own backyard. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have our island home to ourselves whilst the international borders are still closed.
Just to clarify things a bit further as far as destinations/airports are concerned.
Between April 1 and July 31, 800,000 flights will be available to the Gold Coast, Cairns, Whitsundays/Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Lasseter and Alice Springs, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula, and Kangaroo Island. Also, the fare is based on the Ticket price during February. And as you pointed out, read the fine print.